When you carry your baby for 9 months and then place it with another couple, you are making a courageous choice that can benefit everyone involved. Below is a list of just a few possible benefits for you, your child and the adoptive family.

Options

You have the legal right to choose the outcome of your pregnancy. No one -parents, relative, agency, or the baby's father, can force you to get an abortion. It is your decision to make.

Let us help you sort through your options so you can make an informed choice. Because pregnancy and sexual health isn't just about your rights...It's about your life!

When you choose to continue your pregnancy and keep your baby, you are about to undertake one of the most challenging and exciting journeys in life. You will experience the miracle of feeling a little life growing inside you. As your child grows, you are helping him or her develop into a unique person unlike anyone else. You are nurturing this child's personality, talents and innate gifts.

Abortion is not a simple medical procedure. For many women it is a life changing event with significant physical, emotional, and spiritual consequences. Most women who struggle with past abortions say they wish they had been told all the facts about abortion. The following Information will help you understand more about abortion procedures and abortion side-effects and risks.

Morning after pill (MAP)
Emergency Contraception (EC)

 Emergency Contraception (EC) is a series of series of pills taken by women within 72 hours after engaging in sexual intercourse. (Conception can occur within 15 minutes after sexual intercourse). EC can work in 3 different ways: (1) It can prevent or delay ovulation, restricting the release of an egg from the women's ovary; (2) It can prevent conception,or the fertilization of an egg that has been released; and (3) It can also interfere with the implantation(attachment) of an embryo (baby) in the uterus. If the last has occurred, the drugs make the uterus inhospitable for the baby to attach, causing a very early abortion. There is no way to know which of the three possible effects will occur. It is a medical fact that the life that comes into being at the moment of conception(when egg and sperm meet) is entirely unique, and distinct from his/her mother and father. If you value the human life that begins at conception, you will want to avoid using EC. This method fails 25% of the time. Some medical authorities have indicated there is also an increased risk of ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, which can be life threatening.

RU-486 (the Abortion Pill)
Used 5 to 7 weeks (up tp 49 days LMP). RU-486 is a combination of two drugs. The first, Mifepristone (Mifeprex), blocks production of progesterone, a hormone your body needs to sustain the baby's life. After the baby dies, the mother is given the second drug, Misoprostol. In a few hours, contractions begin and the fetus is expelled. This may happen at any time or place over the span of several days or sometimes several weeks. Two weeks later, the woman returns to the doctor for an examination to be sure the abortion was completed. If the abortion failed, the woman must have a surgical abortion because of risks to the mother and the high risk of fetal deformities from the drugs.

M & M Method.
Used 5-9 weeks LMP. As with RU-486, the pregnant woman is given two drugs. The first is Methotrexate (a cancer drug), which stops cell growth and prevents the baby from being implanted in mother's womb. The second drug, Misoprostol (an ulcer drug), causes contractions to expel the baby. As with RU-486, this may happen at any time or place over the span of several days or sometimes weeks. Two weeks later the woman returns to her doctor for an examination to be sure the abortion was completed. If the abortion failed (up to 10% fail), the woman must have a surgical abortion because of risks to the mother and the high risk of fetal deformities from the drugs.

Suction Aspiration.
Up to 12 weeks. A powerful suction tube is inserted through the cervix and into the womb. The force of the suction pulls the fetus apart; fetal body parts and the placenta are suctioned into a jar.

Dilation and Curettage (D&C).
Up to 14 weeks.  The cervix is dilated (stretched open) and a special loop-shaped knife (curette) is used to cut the fetus into small pieces and scrape the inside of the womb. Fetal pieces are pulled out of the womb through the cervix with tubing attached to a suction machine.

Dilation and Evacuation (D&E).
13-20 weeks. The cervix is stretched open. Using forceps, the doctor dismembers and removes the fetus in pieces from the womb. To make sure no fetal parts are left inside, the fetus is then "reassembled" and the uterus is suctioned out and/or scraped.

Induction. After 15 weeks. A lethal chemical is injected directly into the heart of the fetus. then the mother is given prostaglandin to induce labor,and the fetus is xpelled.

It is your right to choose to parent your child, no matter what anyone else may say. With the support of caring people, parenting classes, material support and other resources, you can learn to guide, encourage and provide for this new member of your family, offering unconditional love and support.

Let the caring people at this pregnancy center help you through this difficult time. We will help direct you to support centers, maternity homes and other agencies where you will find support for your decision.

Maybe you feel you are too young to become a parent, maybe you do not feel ready for the challenges of caring full time for your child, or maybe the father of the baby does not want to be involved. Whatever the reason, choosing an adoption plan for your child is choosing life. Each year over 50,000 women in America make this choice. This loving decision is often made by women who first thought that abortion was their only way out. Adoption allows you to move forward with your life, without the responsibility of parenting, much like abortion. The difference is adoption means life for your unborn child while abortion means death. Choose life.

For the Birthmother:

The opportunity to wait for another time in your life when you are more prepared emotionally to raise a child.
Maternity-related medical expenses paid as needed.
The opportunity to bring many people a lot of happiness that could not occur without you.
The joy that comes from showing that you love your baby enough to do your best to ensure his or her happiness.
For the child:

The love and support of adoptive parents who are emotionally and otherwise ready to parent.
The stable home and family life that you desire for your child.
Resources and provisions that might not otherwise be provided.
For the adoptive family:

Receive the joy and blessing of adding a child to their family.
If the birth mother would like an opportunity to share the pregnancy and related experiences that would not otherwise be possible.
Ability to fulfill dreams of raising a child.
It's important to make the decision that is best for you and for your baby. With good planning and a decision that is carefully thought out, you can make an adoption plan with confidence. Even though some sadness is involved with placing your baby for adoption, you will find joy in knowing your baby is receiving a chance at life and a fulfilling future. Our counselors offer loving support and encouragement through the adoption process and after.
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